The rumors of IBM's exit has leve less to do with a lack of innovation or technological advantage and more to do witht he company's overall business strategy. They have been getting out of more and more markets and contracting as a result. It's possible that they will stay in the chip business and fight it out, but I wouldn't count on it with the direction things have been moving in gradually.
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.